query by example
  • noun a simple language used to retrieve information from a database management system by, usually, entering a query with known values, which is then matched with the database and used to retrieve the correct data.
  • In database management, a query method in which a user provides an example of what is desired. In it, the system provides a blank record with a space for each field, allowing the selection of which fields and values are desired for a given search. Its abbreviation is QBE.

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